This lesson provides teachers and primary children with an opportunity to see different kinds of families that might better reflect their own experiences.

Author: 
Katherine Bilsborough

Introduction

In 1993 UNESCO declared May 15th as being International Day of Families. “Although families all over the world have transformed greatly over the past decades in terms of their structure and as a result of global trends and demographic changes, the United Nations still recognizes the family as the basic unit of society.” In 2018, The UN’s theme for this special day is 'Families and Inclusive Societies'. The aim is to examine the role of families in advancing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 16; promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies.” http://www.un.org/en/events/familyday/

Most primary course books include a unit on families, but they are usually very traditional, with mum, dad, a brother and a sister. This lesson provides teachers and primary children with an opportunity to see different kinds of families that might better reflect their own experiences. In this lesson primary children do a series of simple and supported vocabulary and reading activities which lead to them writing about their own families. At the end of the lesson they draw pictures of their families and they make a classroom display of their texts and pictures.

Aims:

  • To revise family vocabulary and I’ve got/I haven’t got
  • To show examples of different kinds of families where children might see their own experiences represented
  • To develop reading and writing skills
  • To have an opportunity to be creative in a supported way
  • To contribute to a class display

Age group:

Primary (all ages)

Level:

A1/A2 but can be adapted for all primary pupils

Time:

40-50 minutes

Materials:

The lesson plan and student worksheets can be downloaded below. You will also need paper and colour pencils or crayons.

Downloads

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